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Carlo Segre


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I can answer most questions about studying physics in college and graduate school; questions about condensed matter physics; x-ray physics; synchrotron radiation; and general and modern physics. I can also answer questions about careers in academia.

Experience in the area

Professor of physics for 30 years at Illinois Institute of Technology. Academic adviser for undergraduates and graduate students. I have served on university promotion and tenure committees, search committees for Deans and Department Chairs. I have also been an Associate Department Chair and an Associate Dean. I have 34 years experience in materials science research and I have been responsible for building and now managing a User facility at the Advanced Photon Source.


American Physical Society
Sigma Xi
American Chemical Society
American Associate for the Advancement of Science
International Centre for Diffraction Data (Fellow)
International X-ray Absorption Society


Nature; Physical Review Letters; Physical Review; Applied Physics Letters; Journal of Physical Chemistry; Journal of Magnetism and Magnetic Materials; Physical Chemistry Chemical Physics; Solid State Communications; Physics Letters; Journal of Low Temperature Physics; Journal of Crystal Growth and Design; Physics Letters; Journal of Applied Physics; Journal of Archaeological Science; Physica C; Corrosion Science; Electrochimica Acta; Journal of Nuclear Materials


Ph.D. Physics, 1981 - University of California, San Diego
M.S. Physics, 1977 - University of California, San Diego
B.S. Physics, 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana
B.S. Chemistry 1976 - University of illinois, Champaign-Urbana

Awards and Honors

Duchossois Leadership Professor of Physics, IIT Fellow, International Center for Diffraction Data

What do you like about this subject?

Physics, and science in general has been a lifelong passion for me. I particularly enjoy understanding how Nature works and how to describe it.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

There are always new things to learn in science and specifically new, young scientists to mentor. I especially enjoy working with students at all levels, undergraduates to graduate students.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Physics is an excellent starting point for many different careers. What you learn as a physicist translates to many disciplines and careers.

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Megha07/07/16101010Thank you so much for enlightening me .....

Recent Answers from Carlo Segre

2016-08-13 Help:

Aishwarya:    Let me present an analogy.  If we define birds as living animals with feathers, beaks, and wings, why do we have names for individual kinds of birds.  Swans, gees, swallows, penguins, and

2016-08-06 help:

You really need to formulate your question more carefully.  It seems to me that you are simply repeating the same question again.  I do not see how I can answer it any differently than what I have already

2016-07-25 help:

Hi Apsara:    Matter is the technical term for protons, neutrons, electrons and everything made up of them.  This includes gases, liquids and all solids as well as all forms of life.  Of course we have

2016-07-23 help:

Dear Apsara:    Unfortunately, your question is not very clear.  Yes, matter has mass and occupies space but it is not everything that is around us.  Light is not matter and it clearly exists as an aspect

2016-07-14 Switching from CSE to Phy Majors...:

Hi Abhishek:    Yes, it is possible but it will be a challenge.  If possible you should try to take as many physics courses as possible.  This may not be an option in India but if you can, this will help


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